Thursday, May 26, 2016

Xiaomi Mi Drone unveiled

Xiaomi has released its first ever drone, the Mi Drone. This adds to Xiaomi’s ever expanding line of consumer products, including phones, tablets, scooters, luggage, wrist bands, and more.

The Mi Drone, as reported previously, comes with capability to record video in 4K. Besides that, Xiaomi also unveiled a 1080p version which is a bit cheaper.

The controller of the Mi Drone will allow for a smartphone to be attached, which as mentioned will act as the viewfinder for the video from the camera (we’re assuming WiFi FPV). A 5100mAh battery will power the drone, which should be good enough for over 20 minutes of flight in most conditions.

Besides that, there’s  GPS, GLONASS and a vision-based positioning (equivalent to DJI’s Vision Positioning System?) for geo-location.

As for the range, the 4K version is expected to feature radio gear that’ll give it some serious control radius — 3km. The entry-level 1080p version, on the other hand, is expected to feature a 1km range.

As for pricing, like most other products from the Apple of the East (read: Xiaomi), the Mi Drone comes fairly affordable: 2499 CN¥(or $380) for the 1080p variant, and 2999 CN¥ ($457) for the 4K version.

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